Kansas Green Ribbon Schools Nomination Form

The U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools award is intended to recognize those schools taking a comprehensive approach to greening their school. A comprehensive approach incorporates and integrates environmental learning with maximizing positive environmental and health impacts. The award criteria are intended to focus on measurable outcomes wherever possible.

This is a two step process. The first step is to complete and submit this form to be selected as a state nominee. If your school is subsequently selected, you'll be asked to complete the second step of the process by providing additional information for the nominee package that will be forwarded to the US Department of Education.

Four items are important to keep in mind as you consider applying to become a nominee for a US Department of Education Green Ribbon award:

1) These are ambitious goals and few if any schools are expected to have achieved all three, or perhaps even 100% of any one of the pillars;

2) Schools demonstrating exemplary achievement in all three Pillars will receive the highest ranking;

3) It is important to demonstrate concrete achievement, using quantitative and qualitative measures wherever possible. 

Again, please remember, it is unlikely that any school has achieved all of the ambitious goals outlined by the US Department of Education and we encourage all schools that are working on greening their schools while greening their curriculum to apply!

For questions, please contact the Kansas State Department of Education Science Coordinator, Lizette Burks at: or the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, Laura Downey at